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Burrillville teen a winner in national library contest

June 3, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — Hugh Finch of Harrisville is Rhode Island's winner of the first Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Collaborative Teen Video Challenge, a national program that promotes summer reading.
A total of 20 states were represented in the CSLP's 2011 "You Are Here" teen video challenge winning videos, including Finch's 1:30 minute video of the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville.
The national Collaborative Summer Reading Program contest encouraged teens to develop video skills, have fun and persuade others to use libraries all summer long.
For their videos, contestants were asked to produce a short public service announcement using the theme “You Are Here.” One winner was selected from each state and CSLP member affiliate.
Finch's winning video will be recognized at a special reception to be held at the library on June 8 at 7 p.m.
Cheryl Space, director of youth services for the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), will be on hand to present Finch with a certificate and a $250 cash prize. The Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library will also receive $100.
Finch's video will also be featured on the OLIS Website.
Finch, 12, is the son of Derick and Theresa Finch of Harrisville.
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.
By combining resources and working with a exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.
The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.
CSLP began in 1987 when 10 Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children, choosing a theme, creating artwork and selecting incentives that public libraries in the regions could purchase and use.
State libraries and systems continue to join and CSLP continues to evolve, but its guiding principle remains the same, librarians sharing ideas, expertise and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children.
Summer reading programs in public libraries provide quality learning activities that are fun, and encourage some of the best techniques identified by research as being important to the reading process.
Public library programs can help meet the personal and social needs of youth and help them feel safe, cared for, useful, and valued.
Last year, Finch was selected as one of the 15 semi-finalists in the Fourth Annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.

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